Police camera shows final moments before man killed Flagstaff officer

WARNING: Graphic video content

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- Flagstaff Police Officer Tyler Stewart lost his life in the line of duty last month. He was killed while investigating a domestic violence incident.

The Flagstaff Police Department released video from a body camera that Stewart was wearing during the deadly encounter. It shows how the deadly encounter unfolded.

The actual shooting is not shown, but the moments leading up to it are test, dramatic, and some may find them disturbing so we do want to warn you ahead of time that this is tough to watch.

The video shows a typical response to a domestic violence call, it captures the moments leading up to the deadly confrontation with Robert Smith. It starts in his patrol car on the afternoon of Saturday, December 27, 2014. The officer was looking for a suspect in a domestic violence call.

>>RAW Video: Flagstaff Police Officer Stewart's body camera

He found the man, 28-year-old Robert Smith in a neighborhood off west Clay Avenue in flagstaff. Stewart questioned Smith about what happened between him and his girlfriend. During the conversation Stewart asks for permission to search Smith to make sure he doesn't have any weapons. In a split second, things take a deadly turn. Smith pulls out a .22 caliber handgun and fired on the officer.

Flagstaff Police say the video goes on and you would hear three shots, the camera falling to the ground and then three more shots. Then nine seconds of silence, followed by what investigators say is the sound of Officer Stewart's service weapon cycling, then a seventh and final round is heard. 

Officer Stewart was pronounced dead a short time later. 

Smith took his own life after killing Officer Stewart.

Stewart was on the force for less than one year and was the second officer to die in the line of duty in the history of the Flagstaff Police Department.

The Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio's Sheriff's Memorial Fund donated $25,000 to Officer Stewart's family. 

If you would like to help the Stewart family, you can donate at any Wells Fargo bank branch; reference the Tyler Stewart Memorial Account or account # 7764473984 
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